Coeur d’Alene Man Sentenced for Federal Child Pornography Crime
COEUR D’ALENE – Kody Ray Gibbs, 29, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 78 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release, for possession of sexually explicit images of minors, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Gibbs pleaded guilty on June 22, 2016.
According to the plea agreement, in February 2016, a woman purchased an “open box” tablet-computer from a local Coeur d’Alene business. When she powered on the tablet, she found that it contained images of child pornography. The Coeur d’Alene Police were called. Detectives determined that Gibbs had purchased the computer previously and returned it for a refund. Gibbs was located, interviewed, and admitted to downloading child pornography.
As a result of his conviction, Gibbs will be required to register as a sex offender. Gibbs will also be required to complete sex offender treatment following his prison sentence.
The case was investigated by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the Kootenai County Prosecutor’s Office. They participate in the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a statewide coalition of local, state and federal law enforcement and prosecution agencies, focused on apprehending and prosecuting individuals who use the Internet to criminally exploit children. For more information about the Idaho ICAC Task Force and a list of all the participating agencies, visit www.icactaskforce.org.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”